A Portland teenager is set to travel the world after joining the ranks of the Royal Navy.

Jacob Carr, 18, has just completed his basic training.

Jacob the service in February 2018. He arrived at the gates of HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, for his induction training and has now completed an intensive 10-week course designed to teach him the skills he will rely upon throughout his career. The course culminates with the passing-out-parade when the successful recruits march out before their families and friends.

Jacob said: “I always wanted to join the Royal Navy to travel the world, serve the country, gain qualifications and life skills. The highlights of my training have been completing two days at Pier Cellars (situated on the Ramehead Peninsular and an ideal venue for Adventurous Training) as well as gaining lifelong friends and going out of my comfort zone.”

The next step of Jacob's training will see him go off to HMS Sultan in Hampshire, where he will train to become an Engineering Technician Marine Engineering (ETME). There he will learn the skills in marine engineering to keep the ship running smoothly, safely and effectively. Once fully qualified he will work on everything from the ship's hull and engines to its electrical, fuel, hydraulic and fire fighting systems. As the ship will be away from port for weeks at a time, he'll be trained to make spare parts and other vital components in the ship's workshops.

The Royal Navy's Initial Naval Training course is underpinned by nine Core Maritime Skills that are the foundations of naval life and underpin operational effectiveness. Recruits are taught the basics of Naval discipline and customs. They learn about navigation and are given the chance to take the helm of their own medium sized inflatable boat during a waterborne orienteering exercise. Royal Navy personnel can also be called upon to play a vital role in land-based operations, so recruits undergo training in basic combat skills which includes survival in the field.

Fitness is a key component of the training and is delivered using a disciplined method of military fitness which focuses on developing co-ordination and individual physical strength and endurance. As the course progresses the recruits take part in three extended exercises to test their skills and understanding of the principles they have been taught.

Details of career opportunities within the Royal Navy are available online at www.royalnavy.mod.uk or by calling the Recruitment Line on 03456 00 53 02.